Director's Dispatch-February 4

posted Feb 4, 2011, 12:32 AM by Suzanne WARDINI   [ updated Feb 4, 2011, 6:39 AM ]
ISD Hosts Holocaust Exhibit
ISD was offered the opportunity to host a UN sponsored Holocaust Exhibit in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance. We accepted, and as a result, several panels are on display in the ISD walkways near the MS classes with images and historical text regarding the events that took place during World War II. The exhibits are in French. Mr. Emborsky and I scanned the images before they were mounted to screen out any overly graphic images, and the UN personnel obliged in withholding a few panels. Today, classes were touring the exhibit with teachers, learning a bit more about World War II and the Holocaust. The exhibit will be on display through Monday. If you have time, please browse the UN exhibit. 

Admissions Updates
Early Screening for Siblings
ISD will hold early screenings for siblings of currently enrolled students who will be applying for Pre 4, Kindergarten or other grades. Applicants with completed files will be contacted by the Admissions Office. These early screenings will be held March 7th and 8th. The intention is to provide parents with a firm answer regarding their child's admission, and also for our staff to get a jump on the admissions process, which is extremely busy the first week before and of school in August. An additional early screening will be held for Pre 3 applicants in May. Please look for more news regarding that screening. Please also ensure that your child's application packet is complete---incomplete application packets are not 'in line' for spots. 

ISD Anticipates Admissions Crunch for 2011-12
All indications are that ISD will be a nearly full school next year, and it is therefore imperative that parents submit complete application packets as early as possible to reserve space next school year. Currently, we are surveying 2010-11 students to learn who is returning and how many spaces we will have in each grade. Please be sure to complete the attached survey form below. We anticipate that all ES classes, from Pre 3-5th grade will be full next year. We anticipate that High School will be closed to admission at 120 students. Middle School may have some places available, but possibly only in 8th grade. We are excited to be growing and to have classes full of satisfied students, but we do need to take special care to maintain the small class size and the student-teacher ratio that allows us to continue to provide a great environment for students. Please encourage peers from your workplace whom you know to be coming with children to get their applications in early. Please encourage new parents to be patient as we work with the large number of applications we get each year. We will do the best we can to get parents concrete information about their child's admission, but we must screen all students before we can offer admission. We are investigating possibilities for remote screening, but at this time, we can only screen students in person at ISD. The upcoming year may be stressful for some families due to the admissions situation at ISD. We are working in all ways possible to alleviate our space crunch and to facilitate smooth transition into ISD. 
Suzanne WARDINI,
Feb 4, 2011, 6:04 AM